Easter is a very religious holiday in Jamaica. Starting from Holy Thursday and ending with Easter Monday. Good Friday and Easter Monday are both Public Holidays.
When the British captured Jamaica in 1655, they brought with them the tradition of hot cross bun. The bun was eaten on Good Friday. Over the years the bun went from a round shape into a loaf with plenty of dried fruits and molasses instead of honey. This makes the bun uniquely Jamaican.
On Good Friday traditionally you’ll find no cooking in a typical Jamaican household. Escovitch fish, (fried fish prepared and topped with onions, scotch bonnet peppers, carrots, cho cho)are prepared from Thursday. Fish with hard dough bread, along with and bun and cheese are eaten all day.
Easter Sunday is a day of church going, (event if you haven’t been to church since last Easter), a big dinner with family and friends.
Easter Monday is a very popular beach day. You’ll find a lot of groups and church sponsored events. It’s a day to relax and have fun before going back to work or school.
No one is quite sure how the eating of the cheese started with the bun, but we won’t argue as it’s delicious !!